Book, 'The Mainspring'; Jane Anne Winscom; 1869; XAH.C.538

From

Alberton

Name/Title

Book, 'The Mainspring'

Maker

Jane Anne Winscom

Maker Role

Author

About this object

This book, entitled ‘The Mainspring’ was awarded to Adeline Violet Kerr Taylor for ‘1st prize, 3rd class’ at St. Luke’s Sunday school.

The Kerr Taylor family were devout Anglicans and attended both morning and evening services at St. Luke’s church in Mount Albert, Auckland, every Sunday. All of the Kerr Taylor children attended Sunday school where their mother, Sophia, taught for 46 years. Adeline’s older sisters, Winifred and Mildred, also taught Sunday school when their mother retired in 1920. (1)

Books, like this one, were an important part of Victorian life in an era where there was no television, computers, or radio. Books, like this one, were an important part of Victorian life in an era where there was no television, computers, or radio. Books were not only a vital source of entertainment, but were also didactic, teaching young children important lessons in Christian morality and correct behaviour. ‘The Mainspring’ advances strong Christian themes, therefore this book would have been considered appropriate for a young Anglican girl, like Adeline, to read in her leisure time.

(1) Jan Harris, 'Alberton and Its Family,' 1999

For more information about the Kerr Taylor family and Alberton, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Medium and Materials

Paper

Measurements

19 x 13.5cm

Date Made

1869

Place Made

London, England

Publisher

Seeley, Jackson & Halliday

Publication Date

1869

Publication Place

London, England

Credit Line

Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Object Type

Book

Object number

XAH.C.538

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

This object is from
Alberton   Alberton
Tags

Include tags such as place names, people, dates, events and colours. Use commas to separate multiple tags. e.g. Pablo Picasso, Madrid, red, 1930s.

Share